The future of automobiles is electric; there’s no doubt about it. In anticipation of the time when vehicles of the future need to be electric, Volkswagen has begun showing electric concepts based on their iconic models to make the future more relatable.
Having previously converted a classic Beetle to use full-electric power with eClassics, they have now done the same on a Type T1 Samba Bus (nickname for 21 or 23 window versions), in anticipation of the upcoming ID. Buzz scheduled for a 2022 debut.
Built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the electrified 1966 Samba Bus has been dubbed the e-Bulli, after the Bulli transporter vans of the 60s and 70s. The exterior styling has been retained to give it the proper looks of the original T1 Samba Bus. However, it has been upgraded with modern-day features such as LED headlights to improve visibility. Aside from that, most will be hard pressed to see the differences between this electric-powered bus from that of an original gas-powered model.
At the moment, only one photo of the exterior has been provided. However, the automaker says the interior has been upgraded as well. It features a solid wood floor that VW Commercial Vehicles says gives the electric van in the look of a ship’s deck. The speedometer is based on the original unit but now uses LEDs to illuminate the gear selected on the automatic transmission. A tablet has then been integrated into the roof console to control different functions of the car or display different information.
Volkswagen has yet to reveal any specific information about the e-Bulli's electric powertrain and architecture for the time being. All they’re willing to say is that it uses the latest available technology from within the Volkswagen Group.
More details and more images will be released later this month of the retro-styled EV once the e-Bulli makes its debut at the 2020 Techno Classica in Essen, Germany this coming March 25. It will be on display together with other electrified VW models.